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Charismatic, intelligent and handsome, George Scott is unlike any other bushranger. Born into a privileged life in famine-wracked Ireland, Scott's family loses its fortune and is forced to flee to New Zealand. There, Scott joins the local militia and fights as a soldier against the Maori in the brutal New Zealand wars.

After recovering from a series of serious gunshot wounds, he sails to Australia and becomes a Lay Preacher, captivating churchgoers with his fiery and inspiring sermons.

But Scott is also prone to bursts of madness. The local villagers back in Ireland often whispered that a 'wild drop' ran in the blood of the Scott family. One night he dons a mask in a small country town, arms himself with a gun and, dubbing himself Captain Moonlite, brazenly robs a bank before staging one of the country's most audacious jailbreaks.

After falling in love with fellow prisoner James Nesbitt, a boyish petty criminal desperately searching for a father figure, Scott finds himself unable to shrug off his criminal past.

Pursued and harassed by the police, he stages a dramatic siege and prepares for a final showdown with the law - and a macabre executioner without a nose.

Meticulously researched and drawing on previously unpublished material, Moonlite is a work of non-fiction that sounds like a novel.

Told at a cracking pace and based on many of the extensive letters Scott wrote from his death cell, Moonlite is set amid the violent and sexually repressed era of Australia in the second half of the 19th century.

With a cast of remarkable characters, it weaves together the extraordinary lives of our bushrangers and the desperation of a young nation eager to remove the stains of its convict past.

But most of all, Moonlite is a tragic love story.

For these are the dying days of the bushrangers, and Captain Moonlite is about to make his last stand.

©2020 Garry Linnell (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Fantastically well done

I thoroughly enjoyed this Audiobook. I'll admit that Australian history is not my usual thing, so I was surprised how much this really drew me in. It's beautifully written, in parts it almost feels like an exciting novel! And of course the fascinating subject matter and cast of characters turned out to be quite gripping. Lastly I have to say the narration by Ryan Corr is just so good. Spectacular really. Not just a pleasant sounding voice, an all round perfect reading which brings things to life and takes it to an even higher level. Highly recommended in Audiobook form.

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Headline: Skillfully crafted and narrated

I remember my grade 3 teacher reading our class a story about Captain Moonlite. Of course, it was a child’s book, but the similarities between that children’s version and Linnell’s of the fascinating paradox that is Captain Moonlite are marked. Linnell’s impeccably researched recount of the life of George Scott is told within a broader context of that criminal era in Australia and delves into the political and social climate of the time. The first few digressions into other stories threw me, but what seemed initially to be solitary patches, albeit each beautifully crafted, came skillfully together as a complete, intricate piece. When the story is over, there is a gem proffered in the Afterword, where what Linnell has teased out throughout the course of the Moonlite story is revisited through a fascinating, condensed discourse.

Corr’s narration feels perfectly in sync with the writer’s sense of pace. He keeps the listener engaged and wanting to hear the next chapter. Moreover, his vocal characterisation of Scott adds a realism that makes the listener feel they have a personal insight into this man. Such an intricate story as this can potentially cause confusion, with its myriad of characters and locations, but Corr’s narration maintains clarity of characters and settings, so there is never any need to go back over something.

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Moonlite is a tragic love story.

Captain Moonlite was gay and "Moonlite" is a brilliant work of non-fiction that reads like a novel.


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Fantastic

Exceptionally written and beautifully narrated. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Never dry history, wonderful bought to life. A must read 😊

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Worth it

Really interesting and well researched, particularly enjoyed Ryan Corr's perfectly paired narration, and accents for increased characterisation.

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Well written

Never really knew much about Moonlight, now I do and I’m glad because he was certainly a very interesting character. Well written story and very well read. Recommended.

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It took a couple of chapters

I'm so glad I hung in there! I was put off a bit by the first couple of chapters as they didn't seem to be going anywhere or describing much. But as you go further in ..... well, I feel, I was richly rewarded. I really appreciated the painstaking research and the excellent style of weaving into a coherent narrative that puts you in the story in a way that textbook accounts (of anything) can't. This is the style of history I always wanted. Ryan Corr is an expert narrator for this book. He has a lovely seamless style and expertly slips in and out of narrator and character at every change. He also has a commendable Irish lilt. If Gary Linnell's other books are this good I will keep purchasing. Please keep writing them Gary. I hope we get Ryan back narrating them too. Buy this book if you're fond of well researched factual Australian history, served in a more accessible and pleasant ( and memorable) style.

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Brilliant history of Captain Moonlight

Meticulously researched and beautifully read, this book brings the dying days of the bushranging era alive. I loved it.

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Mediocre pronunciations

Unfortunately the presenter gives some fairly average pronunciation of several NZ and Australian place names, some of which are certainly not obscure. This detracts from a well constructed written account.

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